Low Carbon Logistics through Supply Chain Design and Coordination

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Final Report

Primary Investigator

Saif Benjaafar
University of Minnesota
111 Church St, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


In this project, we propose to address carbon emissions in logistics through supply chain design, planning and coordination. We argue that (1) supply chain design, planning, and coordination can help reduce carbon emissions significantly, (2) supply chain-wide collaboration can lead to lower emissions at lower cost for the entire supply chain, and (3) imposing supply chain-wide emissions limits can make emissions reductions more economical for the entire supply chain by recognizing the differential capabilities of firms in meeting emission standards and by allowing internal carbon offsetting to take place between firms within the same supply chain.


The objective of this research is to take a supply chain-wide view of reducing carbon emissions in logistics operations. This research will draw on methods from a wide range of disciplines, including supply chain management, transportation science, environmental studies, public policy, and economics among others.


  1. Literature review
  2. Develop a framework for mapping emissions at various stages of the supply chain and identification of strategies for mitigating these emissions
  3. Analyze the impact of regulatory policies
  4. Develop optimization and simulation models for supporting design, planning, and coordination of low carbon logistics and supply chains
  5. Map the carbon footprint of the national milk supply chain
  6. Comparison of two milk products
  7. Reveal preliminary results from analysis of other industries
  8. Recommendations and guidelines for supply chain and logistics managers and policy makers
  9. Final report

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: March 1, 2009 – February 28, 2010
  • Budget: CFIRE: $17,500; Total: $52,500
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Multimodal
  • Project ID: CFIRE 03-06
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